Shuzenji Onsen (CP) is one of the oldest and most famous hot spring resort towns on the Izu Peninsula. Located in the hilly center of the peninsula, it lacks the ocean views of many nearby onsen towns but attracts visitors with its history and attractive setting.

Shuzenji Onsen was named after Shuzenji Temple (CT) at the center of town. Kobo Daishi, one of Japan's most important religious personalities, founded the temple about 1200 years ago. Today, it is a Zen Buddhist temple where visitors can participate in meditation classes (Tuesdays from 9:30, reservation required). Kobo Daishi is also said to have created Shuzenji's most prominent hot spring, Tokko-no-yu, located in the middle of the river bed that runs through the town center. Today, Tokko-no-yu is used as a foot bath.

Other attractions in Shuzenji's town center include a small bamboo forest, several historic ryokan and a few tastefully designed shops and cafes. Onsen bathing is possible at the town's public bath, Hakoyu. Furthermore, several of the town's ryokan open their baths to non-staying guests during the day for a fee (from around 1000 yen).

Getting there and around

Take the Izuhakone Railway from Mishima Station to Shuzenji Station (35 minutes, 520 yen one way, frequent departures). Alternatively, there are a few direct JR limited express Odoriko trains that run all the way from Tokyo to Shuzenji (around 2 hours, about 4500 yen one way). The Japan Rail Pass does not cover trains between Mishima and Shuzenji.

From Shuzenji Station, it is still a 5-10 minute bus or taxi ride to the hot spring town. Take a frequent bus bound for Shuzenji Onsen (CP) or Nijino Sato (̋) and get off at Shuzenji Onsen (220 yen one way).

How to get to and around the Izu Peninsula